LIVE: Red House Glory / Bellevue Days @ The Islington, London

By Jess

The British music scene is more alive than ever right now; amongst some questionable acts, there are some truly fantastic bands out there. Two such groups that are doing some great things are Bellevue Days and Red House Glory. Supporting Red House Glory at their EP launch show, Croydon’s Bellevue Days may have a rather small crowd to play to but that doesn’t stop them from delivering huge tracks that are tinged with sadness. Tracks such as ‘Let’s All Be Friends’ simply soar in the tiny room; the vocal interplay between Alan Smith, Daniel Lukes, and Joe Blackford is astounding, and really adds some punch to tracks like ‘Seattle’ and ‘Capability, Capacity’. New track ‘Something New’ is soft and shy, yet is powerful in its own right. Bellevue Days have had a fantastic year so far, with the release of their debut EP ‘The Sun Came Up When We Were Young’ and the backing they’ve received from the likes of Alex Baker and Zane Lowe – here’s to hoping that 2016 is just as bright and shiny.

Red House Glory know how to make some noise, especially with the release of their stellar EP ‘All Out Of Love’. Tracks like their single ‘Pray Now’ are delivered with ease and finesse; every note and chord is delivered with a powerful confidence. Their riffs are frenetic and frenzied, creating anthemic tracks such as ‘So Easy’ and ‘All Out of Love’; each track is just straight-up, fun and quirky indie rock. Lewis Knagg’s vocals are colossal, and soar with passion and grace – there’s no way his mighty vocals can be faulted in any way, shape, or form, which only adds to the fire of their passionate and energetic show. A fantastic set from yet another fantastic band.

It’s vital that the British music scene learns to appreciate and support the young, shining bands that coming forward. Tonight has proven that both Red House Glory and Bellevue Days are two perfect examples of the talent that the UK currently has to offer – both can go on to achieve spectacular accomplishments, if people sit up and take notice of them.